Innovators: Feature Stories

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Managing Pack Ice and Icebergs

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in Offshore Technology, London, UK, January 2011


Cairn Energy, a Scotland-based oil and gas explorer and producer, drilled three wells at approximately 70 north and 60 west, 150 to 200 kilometres offshore in its acreage in the Baffin Bay Basin during a much anticipated Summer 2010 campaign. These were the first wells drilled in the Greenland Arctic in 10 years. The objective was to identify the window of opportunity when the water would be free from pack ice, and to keep icebergs out of the protection zone around the drill site to ensure the exploration program could continue safely and without interruption.
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Specialized Radar for Ice and Oil-Spill Detection

by wade on July 1, 2011

Second Article from From City of St. John's Ocean Technology Media Program

By Andrew Safer

 “Canada is one of the world’s leading maritime nations, with the world’s longest coastline and bordering three of the world’s oceans,” Jane Rutherford, Global Practice Lead, Ocean Technologies, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), was quoted as saying in the last issue of Marine Technology Reporter. “We know the sea. Read more.

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Satellite Communications Systems for Vessel Monitoring and Beyond

by Admin on June 23, 2011

In the 22 years Paul Anderson has worked as a satellite engineer and entrepreneur, the explosive growth of the Internet and the development of information and communication technologies have spawned a host of new markets for satellite data communications products. Seated in a meeting room in his office on Major’s Path in St. John’s, Anderson, 47, is reflecting on the evolution of Blue Oceans Satellite Systems (BOSS), the company he founded in 2003, and the innovative products BOSS has developed. Read more.

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Marine Technology Reporter - Deep Water Risers & Hydrodynamic Performance Research (Oceanic Consulting)

by Admin on May 11, 2011

Vortex-induced vibration (VIV) is a key issue for oil companies that are planning deepwater projects (water depth over 1,000 feet or 304 meters). VIV is the motion generated by the flow of water against the riser (the cylinder that connects the drilling or production platform to the subsea wellhead), producing vortices that are shed alternately from one side of the riser to the other. The longer the riser, the greater the VIV-induced loading, so VIV suppression devices are a critical component in deepwater riser design. Read more.

Global Research Collaboration Initiative Launched in St. John’s

by Admin on April 28, 2011

Fifty-four senior oceans leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel convened in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the City of Ocean Excellence, for three days in March for a Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. OceansAdvance, the organization that represents the ocean technology cluster in St. John’s, and International Science Technology Partnerships (ISTP) Canada co-hosted the event, an important first step that could lead to the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence in Marine and Ocean Technologies (GCEMOT). Read more.